Archive for the 'Literary' Category

Published by PaintingChef on 17 Dec 2010

In which I stretch the same topic out over almost 2 weeks because I am a slacker and have nothing else interesting to say to you since all my interesting left once I stopped taking fertility drugs. Subtitle: More effing books.

Holy book orgasm Batman. I stocked up at the library, some good, some not so much. But its all about trial and error. The problem with the literary batcave I’ve been hiding in is that I so rarely had stepped outside my comfort zone, I’d forgotten that it was even POSSIBLE to not like a book. The big winner? Harlan Coben. I know, everyone has read everything he’s ever written. Well… not me. And I love him. And I read “Gone for Good” in about half a day.

I wanted to love Haven Kimmel, her book titles just sounded so great. I selected “The Solace of Leaving Early” and I looked forward to devouring that one in a single sitting but it turned out to be too religion/spiritually-slanted for my taste and I had trouble staying focused. But that’s just me, it was beautifully written, just not the book for me.

Last night I finished “The Unknown Terrorist” by Richard Flanagan (pause to check Amazon for accuracy…check…it actually was not suggested by anybody but managed to catch my eye when a rather rude lady elbowed me away from the Vince Flynn books once she realized I was looking at them) and I wanted to like it and parts of it I did but it was (SPOILER ALERT) all so very “Arlington Road” with the unhappy endings full of death and sadness and misconceptions and people turning into what they were inaccurately made out to be. Aside from which, although he gave his lead character a name, and a perfectly nice one, he insisted on calling her “The Doll” throughout the novel and I found it so very pretentious.

Next up is “The Lotus Eaters” by Tatjana Soli and then something by Vince Flynn. They all sounded equally delicious and I’m not sure which one I ended up with. It has a picture of the White House on the front? And it’s blue-ish?

So this is me. Checking in and writing the post that I meant to write over a week ago thanking you all so very much. Great suggestions!! Although I have read about ¾ of them, there were definitely some great ones that I hadn’t and I took a nice fat list to the library with me last time and I’ll continue to do so. And feel free to keep the suggestions coming!

Next time we will talk about some of the strange creatures you find at the library and why their keepers let them out of their cages…

Also, if I punk out until after the holidays, which, let’s face it, is a very real possibility given my posting frequency of the past year (I KNOW, I KNOW… just… I KNOW.) I hope you all have a wonderful holiday filled with lots of inappropriate behavior and good shoes and family-people love. Spend time with those who make you happy, not those you feel obligated to see. If you won the lottery and they happen to be the same, well, welcome to my side. Gumdrops and unicorns to you all!

Published by PaintingChef on 24 Jul 2008

One of the most perfect things I’ve ever read.

“The Good Nights”
by Joseph Mills

On the good nights
When the bottle’s empty
we always want
just a little more,
half a glass,
a few sips,
a taste.
We know
this desire
can be dangerous
to pursue,
that it can make
mornings difficult,
so usually we
brush our teeth,
let the dog in,
lock the doors,
but sometimes,
even as we say
We really should
get ready for bed,
instead of loading
the dishwasher
we will search
for the corkscrew,
all the while
shaking our heads
in wonder
at this willingness
to ignore the clocks
and the fact that we have
to work tomorrow,
this irresponsibility,
this evidence
even after all these years
of the unquenchable desire
for each other’s company.

“The Good Nights” by Joseph Mills from Angels, Thieves and Winemakers: Wine Poems. © Press 53, 2008